Replacing a wood floor usually is much more expensive than refinishing it, once you factor in eliminating the existing floor, purchasing the new floors, and the labor necessary to install, sand, complete it and cut it to match at walls and doors. “Refinishing a wood floor is less expensive than putting in carpeting,” Lessick states.
Besides, a properly preserved wood floor can go 20 or 30 years or more before needing to be refinished. Plus it can be sanded and refinished “easily six or seven times” over its life, he states.
If you still have any doubts, Have a Look at this list of the features of what today’s homeowners want in hardwood floors, and compare them to what you’re likely to find in an old floor:
- Dark stains, such as ebonized or black, finishes
- Hand-scraped boards (mill scraped or scraped on site), frequently using pillowed or beveled edges
- Natural attributes, like knotholes and mineral streaks
- Wood reclaimed from old buildings.
- Virgin timber, for example antique heartpine logs dredged from river bottoms and marketed through vendors
- Environmentally friendly timber that’s certified to be from sustainable forests
- Water-based finishes (wax or tung oil may be suitable for classic flooring)
- Oil-based finishes in kitchens or alternative heavy-traffic Places
- Special installations, such as parquet and “timber bricks” or cobbles